High Wycombe's Sonny Webster has been named by the British Olympic Association as one of the two weightlifters who will represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It will be a first Olympic Games for Webster, who was crowned British Champion in his 94kg weight category earlier this month.

Webster competed at the last Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth, and is a former European junior bronze medallist. The 22-year-old broke the British U23 record at the 2016 British Championships.

No stranger to the big stage: Webster at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Team GB have won seven Olympic weightlifting medals – one gold, three silver and three bronze – with the last medal won at Los Angeles 1984 when David Mercer took home bronze.

Team GB’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “I want to congratulate Sonny on being chosen to represent Team GB at this summer’s Olympic Games. He is young and has shown a huge amount of promise in the last few years, and I hope to see that continue in Brazil. A first Olympic experience is an incredibly exciting one.”

Weightlifting Team Leader and British Weight Lifting performance director, Tommy Yule, said: “I’m very proud of Sonny and his efforts in getting selected to represent Team GB in Rio this summer.

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“He has been progressing really well, setting new British under 23 records and achieving personal bests in what was the final competition before the Games. Our focus is now on maintaining and building on his progress over the next few weeks, to give him the best chance of performing in Rio.”

Webster himself added: “The Olympics is undoubtedly the biggest stage for the sport and to be given the opportunity to represent my country in Rio this summer is something I’m incredibly proud of.

“I’ve been training well and my recent performance at the British Championships has given me a fantastic platform to build on; the next few weeks of preparation are absolutely crucial and I’ll be doing all that I can to get the best possible result for the team in Rio."